January 3, 1999
Lovisa Stannow's compassion for the appalling situation in southern Sudan appears sincere, as witnessed by her arduous and heart wrenching stint in a feeding center (Commentary, Dec. 27). However, her article would have been much more effective without the minimizing of the American space program through the repeated snide references to John Glenn's heroic and well-deserved space shuttle trip. It is clear that Americans are caring and giving individuals. Our voluminous charity starts at home and extends to the far corners of the Earth, even where we are unwelcome.
July 7, 2004 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged an African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to back peace in Sudan's vast Darfur area, saying the crisis there threatened to destabilize the region if attacks on civilians were not stopped. Sudan reluctantly agreed to the deployment of about 300 African Union troops to protect truce monitors in Darfur. Fighting in the region blamed on Arab militias has driven more than a million people from their homes and killed as many as 30,000.
July 27, 2004 |
The European Union joined the United States in pushing for U.N. sanctions against Sudan if it did not end the conflict in its western Darfur region. The EU's 25 foreign ministers urged the Sudanese government to implement a July 3 promise to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to crack down on pro-government Arab militias, improve security and provide better access for relief efforts.
November 11, 2003 |
The U.S. is closing its embassy in Sudan for the rest of the week because of a security threat, the State Department said. It did not describe the nature of the threat. The embassy, already due to close today for the Veterans Day holiday, will suspend operations beginning Wednesday and "hopes to resume normal operations next week," it said in a message to Americans living in Sudan. The closure is part of a series of precautions taken recently in the region.
November 23, 2004 |
Fighting near a village in Sudan's crisis-plagued Darfur region killed at least 17 people Monday, while helicopters rescued dozens of aid workers who had fled into the bush. State Minister Ahmed Haroun said rebels attacked the town of Tawila early Monday, killing 17 people and destroying the town's hospital. He said it was unclear how many people were injured. A statement by an aid organization said government planes also dropped bombs on the town.
July 21, 2002 |
The Sudanese government and southern rebels have agreed on how to resolve the major issues in one of Africa's longest civil wars and reached a framework Saturday for talks next month to draft a final peace deal, delegates said. Ghazi Salah al Din Atabani, the government's peace advisor, and Samson Kwaje, spokesman for the Sudan People's Liberation Army, said they have reached agreement on the separation of state and religion as well as self-determination for the southern Sudanese.
January 20, 2011 |
George Clooney has perhaps learned an important lesson -- malaria makes traveling the globe a lot less fun than it should be. FOR THE RECORD: Malaria drug: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the preventive drug mefloquine. Sure, it’s noble to go on philanthropic missions around the world, helping those who can’t help themselves, but it’s probably hard to feel noble when shaking from the chills. And Clooney should know. The actor apparently has just recovered from malaria, which he contracted in Africa earlier this month, media reports said Thursday.
April 7, 2010
Sudan is scheduled to hold national elections for regional governors, assembly seats and president starting Sunday, and the process has been so deeply tainted by the administration of President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir that his reelection is all but assured. Given that Bashir has been charged by the International Criminal Court with crimes against humanity, accused of orchestrating an "ethnic cleansing" campaign in the Darfur region, one would expect Washington to find this disconcerting.
April 16, 2010 |
The tribal chief parked his bicycle beneath a tree, walked into a schoolhouse and cast his ballot for the man with the power to grant what he wants most: a paved road running past the fishmongers to the highway. "I am voting for our leader," Hamid Hamdoon said, referring to President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, the former general who has led Sudan for more than a decade. "I expect the country to move forward. We need water, doctors and hospitals. But in this neighborhood we desire asphalt."